I was born and raised here in Miami, but all my family is from Puerto Rico. I started cooking in high school and loved the grill. It was my first job!

I’ve been cooking for a long time. I didn’t go to culinary school. I just got hands-on experience at places like country club dining, high volume, and more. Trust me, I’ve seen it all and done it all. I’ve seen a grown man cry, and I’ve even seen guys get burned real bad or stabbed.

Aside from all the chaos that can happen inside the kitchen, what has kept me here is that I love to see the finished product. I enjoy being able to give pleasure through food and be part of people’s life’s somehow, even if they don’t know it. A good meal can go a long way, and that’s where it all comes down to, seeing people enjoy their meals and get together to celebrate around the table. I love cooking, but I have found that doing things outside, like landscaping, screen sprinting courses, etc., helps not only to learn other skills and disconnect but also as extra money and income.